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Graeme, “The man” at the World Challenge

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Much like Tiger Woods did at last year’s World Challenge, Graeme McDowell snapped a two-year victory drought at Sherwood Country Club on Sunday as he carded a final-round 68 for a tournament total of 17-under 271. McDowell edged out fellow competitor Keegan Bradley by three strokes for the win, with players using ball-in-hand for the fourth straight day due to soggy conditions.

McDowell’s last worldwide victory came in 2010 at the World Challenge, where he defeated Woods in a playoff to conclude a career year. With the victory, McDowell becomes just the third player to win the event on multiple occasions, joining host Woods (5) and Davis Love III (2). The setting in Thousand Oaks, Calif., seems to meet the Northern Irishman’s eye, as McDowell has never shot a round of par or worse in the event and 10 of his 12 career rounds at the tournament have been in the 60s. McDowell joined Bradley as the only other player to shoot four rounds in the 60s this week.

Woods began the day at 8-under par and five shots off McDowell’s lead, but made the turn in 1-over to see any hopes of a rally diminish. Woods recorded a birdie and an eagle on Nos. 13 and 16, respectively, before closing the tournament with a bogey on the last. Woods’ 9-under finish placed him in a tie for fourth, just his third time in 12 appearances that he’s placed outside the top two.

Bradley began the day as McDowell’s nearest opposition, sitting just two shots back at 11-under. Both players birdied the par-5 2nd hole, then Bradley inched to within one shot after another birdie on the par-5 5th hole. However, that served as McDowell’s slimmest margin, as Bradley closed the front nine with back-to-back bogies on Nos. 8 and 9.

McDowell stretched his cushion to four shots over Bradley thanks to birdies on Nos. 10 and 11, but the advantage would be short-lived. Two holes later, Bradley cut the deficit in half with a birdie on the par-5 13th, while McDowell carded just his third bogey of the rain-soaked week thanks to a wayward drive.

Both players took advantage on their next par-5 opportunity at No. 16, as each carded a birdie four to leave McDowell with a two-shot lead with two to play. After a pair of pars on the par-3 17th, McDowell finished the round in fashion by converting a birdie from inside of 10 feet at the final hole.

Many players made a run into double-figures late in the afternoon, but the efforts were too little too late. Bo Van Pelt finished in solo third at 10-under, but could have had a much more effective finish on Sunday. Van Pelt shot out of the gates with birdies on the first two holes, but gave shots back with bogeys on Nos. 4 and 9 to turn in even-par. He then strung together three-straight birdies on hole Nos. 11-13 and added one more on No. 16 to reach 12-under. Van Pelt closed with a double-bogey on the final hole for his 10-under finish.

Rickie Fowler and Jim Furyk also reached 10-under for the tournament, but each closed with bogey on the final hole to finish tied with Woods for fourth place. Fowler perhaps had the most up and down week, displayed in his first two holes on Sunday alone. Fowler holed out for an eagle two at No. 1, followed by a bogey on No. 2. On the week, Fowler carded 17 birdies and two eagles, but also threw in five bogies, two double-bogies and a triple-bogey.

Webb Simpson (-7), Steve Stricker (-6), Hunter Mahan (-5) and Bubba Watson (-5) rounded out the top 10 at the tournament. Mahan carded a final-round 68, matching McDowell for the low round of the day. McDowell also owned the low round of the tournament, a 66 coming on Friday.

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  1. sean_miller

    Dec 2, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    So his “official” winless streak continues – like Tiger’s did.

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10 interesting photos from Wednesday at the Valero Texas Open

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Welcome to 10 Interesting Photos (10IP? No? OK). It’s the final day of tune up ahead of the Valero Texas Open, which is, fun fact, the third longest-running (non major) tournament on the PGA Tour.

We got an in-hand look at The Tank, K.J. Choi’s weaponry, as well a four general galleries and some of the coolest custom stamped wedges you’ll see, c/o JT Poston.

Let’s take a look at the photos!

First up, some more love-em-or-hate-em Jordans from Keegan Bradley

Amid a pretty standard bag, an impressive Pingman putter cover

JT Poston, AKA, The Postman’s, 60 degree, ladies and gentlemen

Vintage X Hot sighting!

Kevin Chappell with the coveted Miura and Fourteen combo

K.J. Choi’s putter shaft! (AMI Stability?)

Scott Piercy remains the king of lead tape on Tour

K>J. Choi is gaming Ping G400 irons

And look at the face on (one of) his Ping putter(s)

Keith Mitchell’s Mizuno “MIZ” pom-pom headcover, though

 

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Wednesday’s Photos from the 2018 Valero Texas Open

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GolfWRX is live this week from the 2018 Valero Texas Open at TPC San Antonio (AT&T Oaks Course), which plays as a par-72 measuring 7,435 yards for the event.

Sergio Garcia acted as a consultant to Greg Norman for the course’s 2010 design, and he’ll play in the event for the first time in seven years. Joining Garcia in the field are a number of the game’s top players, including Wesley Bryan, Keegan Bradley, Kevin Chappell, Luke Donald, Harris English, Ernie Els, Jim Furyk, Retief Goosen, J.B. Holmes, Billy Horschel, Charley Hoffman, Beau Hossler, Zach Johnson, Martin Kaymer, Matt Kuchar, Pat Perez, Adam Scott, Brandt Snedeker, Jimmy Walker and more.

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Last year, Chappell holed an 8-foot birdie putt on the par-5 18th to win by one stroke over Brooks Koepka to capture his first ever PGA Tour victory.

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10 interesting photos from Tuesday at the Valero Texas Open

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In yesterday’s edition of “Interesting Photos” from the Valero Texas Open, we brought you giant cowboy boots. Unfortunately, we don’t have any further gargantuan footwear for your perusal today.

We do, however, have some singular sightings and cool in-hand shots as the gents prepare to take on the Oaks Course at TPC San Antonio. Check ’em out below.

Gotta love Chris Stroud’s “Houston Strong” stamping

New Bettinardi putter-covering devices

Fourteen’s new woods feature some seriously shallow faces

Better put that club on ice!

Watch where you’re putting that thing! Probably not a good time to mention this looks like a drill to avoid rocking toward the ball (aka humping it) during the swing…

Some pretty sweet Circle T bag tags. Is the bag for tour use only, or just the tag? Hmm.

Trying the old backwards shot, it looks like

Geoff Ogilvy’s drool-worthy early run Scotty Cameron Napa

Fine-looking Piretti sole

And finally, “Flow Goals: Kevin Na Edition”

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